Spoiler-Free Review of “Squid Game” on Netflix: Crazy, Intense and a Contender for my favorite show of the year!

*This is a spoiler-free review so feel free to read on!**

“Would you like to play a game with me?”

Squid Game premiered on Netflix on September 17th 2021. The Korean survival drama series stars Lee Jung-jae, Park Hae Soo, HoYeon Jung, Yeong-su Oh and Heo Sung-tae. There are nine episodes in season one available to stream now. Each episode runs for approximately 55-60 minutes.

After being invited to a mysterious tournament, hundreds of people in debt agree to participate in games from their childhood for a chance at a huge cash prize, but the stakes are higher than they realize.

Here is the trailer:

Squid Game is one of those shows you have to keep watching. It’s strange, addicting, and it will keep you on the edge of your seat. Is it worthy of YOUR next binge-watch? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Each game is more intense than the next.

As soon as I got to the end of the first episode, I needed to hit play immediately. You may think you know what type of game you’re going to get, but once you are experiencing them first hand, you will be so invested and involved. It almost felt like I was playing right along with them.

I was so nervous about what would happen next and the show did a good job of making me care about the outcomes.

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Incredible characters.

I knew that I shouldn’t get attached to the characters based on the premise of the show, but it was extremely difficult not to. Each character was so interesting and layered. There were some hilarious moments as well as some heartbreaking and heartwarming ones.

There were some characters that really shocked me with their actions and others that got their rightful revenge. The actors did a really good job with their portrayals and I connected that much more to this show because of it.

The Cons:

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I needed some more answers…

We got plenty of reveals and answers, but I still had a lot of questions once we got to the end. I understand that it will set up a potential for a season 2, but I guess I just wanted to know a little bit more since I became so involved in the show.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in 100 percent!!!!!!!

That was pretty much my face the entire time I was watching this show. 

Shocking, addicting, and the definition of a perfect binge-watch!

Even with all of the crazy stuff going on, there were also a lot of important life lessons embedded in the show as well, which really made it stand out for me and it just became my favorite show of the year!

I highly recommend watching this one because you really can’t fully understand how great it is until you watch it for yourself.

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Squid Game in the comments section below. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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Killer Halloween Scream Hunt

When former friends, Shay and Adriana team up to participate in a Halloween scavenger hunt with a cash prize, they temporarily put their differences aside to outsmart their opponents. However, they soon start to realize that a dangerous threat is playing their own version of the game, stalking them during each hunt.

Winning is now a necessity as their lives are at stake. As old wounds and memories re-surface, Shay and Adriana attempt to unmask the threat before the night is over, but soon learn that Scream Hunt is not done with them just yet…

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Ranking my top 5 Female Vampires from TV: “I’m Going to Blow Out the Candles”

Happy Thursday TV viewers!  Why should boys have all the fun?  For today’s list, I am going to be looking at female vampires from television.  Whether she is considered witty, seductive, crazy, or just simply bad-ass, these female vampires refuse to let the boys steal the spotlight, as they give them a run for their money and capture our affection along the way.  Please note some spoilers are ahead.  My top 5 Female Vampires from TV are:

5

The Countess from American Horror Story:  Hotel

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“Why would I help you when it gives me so much joy to see you suffer?”

Portrayed by Lady Gaga, The Countess truly embodies the art of dark seduction.  In the beginning of the season, The Countess and Donovan go to a cemetery and seduce a young couple at a movie screening.  While the scene is initially sexual and passionate, it turns deadly when they brutally kill the couple and devour their blood.  The Countess is powerful and beyond alluring to others, as she really masters the penetrating stare deep within one’s soul, which allows her to corrupt and destroy.  The Countess has a hypnotizing quality about her, as she lures young children to her in order to maintain her eternal youth and she maintains her killer fashion sense with a glove that is simply to die for…literally.

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4

Jessica Hamby from True Blood

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“I’m so sick of silverin’ myself all day every day, being pissed off all the time. This is what PMS used to feel like.”

In Jessica’s mortal life, she grows up with a strict Christian family and is extremely pure.  Bill turns Jessica into a vampire and she becomes very dangerous, but mostly because she is also an emotional teenage girl.  Jessica is doomed to be a vampire virgin for eternity, which is both hilarious and horrible at the same time.  Jessica speaks her mind and is not afraid to let all of her emotions run wild, as she really proves to be a teenage daughter from hell for poor Bill.

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Later in the series, Jessica really develops as a character, but she never disappoints with providing us with some fun entertainment along the way.

3

Caroline Forbes from The Vampire Diaries

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“You are not even worth the calories I burn talking to you.”

During her mortal life, Caroline is actually quite annoying and judgmental.  However, when she is turned into a vampire, Caroline transforms into a very likable character, even though she has a new lust for blood.  Caroline is always levelheaded and is the one that you can truly envision being your own best friend. 

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She is loyal and thoughtful, even though she is a creature of the night, and she is often the character to present us with an unlikely voice of reason in the midst of the chaos going on in Mystic Falls.  She is also still sassy, which is entertaining as well.  They say that “blondes have more fun,” but in this case, I guess blonde vampires do.

2

Pam or Pamela Swynford De Beaufort from True Blood

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“I don’t know what it is about me that makes people think I want to hear their problems. Maybe I smile too much. Maybe I wear too much pink. But please remember, I can rip your throat out if I need to, and also know that I am not a hooker. That was a long, long time ago.”

This list would not be complete without including Pam.  Pam is Eric’s second in command at Fangtasia and she is not the most likable gal, but she doesn’t care, which makes her so incredibly amazing.  Pam does not have any issues with being a vampire.  She just accepts who she is and she embraces the darkness with flair.  Pam’s witty remarks are laugh out loud funny and she doesn’t care who she pisses off.

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Her leather ensembles are to die for and her devotion to Eric is something truly remarkable, as he is one of the few beings in the world that truly matters to her.  Pam is absolutely bad-ass and is a vampire that you do not want to mess with.

Some honorable mentions before revealing my number one pick are:

  • Rebekah from “The Originals”
  • Harmony from “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Angel”
  • Shauna Babcock from “The Passage”
  • Sophie-Anne from “True Blood”
  • Olivia Godfrey from “Hemlock Grove”
  • Katherine from “The Vampire Diaries”
  • Tara from “True Blood”
  • Elena from “The Vampire Diaries”
  • Darla from “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Angel”

1

Drusilla from Buffy the Vampire Slayer & Angel

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“I met an old man. Didn’t like him. He got stuck in my teeth.”

So my number one pick has to go to Drusilla from Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel.  Played by the absolutely incredible Juliet Landau, Drusilla is Spike’s girlfriend and is pretty much batshit crazy, but that’s all part of her charm.  Drusilla first comes to Sunnydale back in season 2 and has been weakened by a mob.  Drusilla has visions and often sees stars indoors and enjoys having tea parties with her dolls.  However, these are not ordinary tea parties, as Dru tends to blindfold the dolls who don’t behave so that they cannot watch her feed and kill.

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Drusilla is extremely dangerous when she does get her strength back and even kills a slayer named Kendra, using her hypnosis on her before slashing her throat with her nail.  Even though Drusilla is a vampire, she feels so much.  It may be misguided, but she later explains to Buffy that vampires are very capable of love.  Drusilla makes several guest appearances later on both Buffy and Angel and always causes some trouble, while keeping us thoroughly entertained.  She still remains my absolute favorite female vampire on television and probably always will be.  Just remember, if you set a “bad example, you will have no cakes today.”

I hope you enjoyed the list and please feel free to post your thoughts and comments below on some of your favorite female vampires from TV.  Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

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